- 5 to 7 cups of play sand (the finer the grain the better)
- Container for mixing and storage
- 1 to 1.5 cups cornstarch
- 1/2 Tablespoon (or 1.5 teaspoons) of Dawn Dish Soap
- 3-5 drops of Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Oil
- On a hard surface floor (or outside if the weather in nice) pour 5 cups of play sand into the bottom of a container. It may be quite wet or it may be just moist. Be aware of the moisture content of your sand as we continue. If your sand is too wet, the cornstarch may get a little goopey before it has the chance to mix in with the sand. If your sand needs to dry out a little, spread it out in the container and give a few hours (or a day) to dry.
- When your sand is ready, sprinkle 1 cup of the cornstarch in a even layer over the sand.
- Begin mixing it all together. You can use a kitchen spoon or your hands. If you have any cornstarch clumps, pinch them between your fingers and rub them in with the sand. My sand was still a little wet, so it took a few minutes to get all the cornstarch blended. By the end, I could pull the sand mixture into one large mound.
- Mix a 1/2 Tablespoon (or 1.5 teaspoons) of the dish soap and 5 drops of Melaleuca Oil with 1/2 cup of water. Just pour it over the top and mix it with the sand.
- To fix the moisture content, mix another 2 cups of sand with another 1/2 cup of cornstarch.
- Let the sand sit out for a few more hours. It dried slightly and was a great consistency. The nice thing about making Kinetic Sand is you can always adjust by adding a little more sand/cornstarch mixture, or a little more water and soap, or just by letting it sit and dry for a bit. Once you have it how you like it, store it with an air-tight lid to keep that moisture in, and to keep it from spilling in your home